Athletics

Amherst Suffers 2-1 Loss at Connecticut College

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Sarah McCarrick scored on a stroke for the
second straight game.

Courtesy of Connecticut College

NEW LONDON, CT – Steph Quinn recorded 10 of her 13 saves in the second half of action Saturday to lead the Connecticut College field hockey team (3-2, 2-1) to a 2-1 victory against Amherst College (4-2, 2-2), the 16th-ranked team in the nation. The Lord Jeffs return to action Wednesday, Sept. 30 for a matchup against Mount Holyoke College on the road.

Abby Hine put in the go-ahead score with just 2:48 remaining in regulation and assisted on a first half score for the Camels. Sarah McCarrick (New Canaan, CT) supplied the offense for the visitors with a penalty stroke in the first half of play.

The Camels cashed in on a penalty corner to take a 1-0 lead with 14:30 remaining in the first half. Sophomore Liz Rosenfeld inserted a ball into the middle to Hine, who controlled the ball to Kelsey Nickerson, who finished with the goal.

A little over three minutes later, the Lord Jeffs scored the equalizer. The visitors were awarded a stroke when Quinn could not get the ball out from underneath her pads on a shot. McCarrick went top shelf, beating Quinn to her right with a high shot.  

In the second stanza Amherst mounted heavy pressure, out-shooting the Camels 11-2 with a decisive 8-1 advantage in corners, but Quinn would not back down to the challenge in the cage. The senior keeper came up with a huge stop on a shot from Haley Douds (South Orange, NJ) with 7:55 remaining.

The Camels did not have many scoring chances but they were able to come up with a key sequence in transition to take the lead for good. Bizzie Dow moved the ball into the scoring circle and cycled it down low to Hine, who had her back to the keeper and the cage. The junior was able to find just enough room to execute a nifty little turnaround shot for the goal that put the Camels on top 2-1 with 2:48 remaining.

On the ensuing face-off with 2:21 to play, Douds challenged Quinn with another scoring bid from point-blank range but Quinn was able to come up with the stop and the Camels escaped with the 2-1 win. Sophomore Emily Vitale (Cheshire, CT) finished with seven saves in the game for Amherst.

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